Dorothy Gees Seckler collection of sound recordings relating to art and artists, 1963-1976

Seckler, Dorothy Gees, b. 1910 d. 1994
Art historian
Active in Bronxville, N.Y.; Provincetown, Mass.

Collection size: 1.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: Sound recordings of interviews with artists, 1963-1976, conducted by Dorothy Seckler for various purposes, some by other interviewers, and some taped from radio or television broadcasts. Many of the interviews are of artists who worked in Provincetown, Mass. Original interviews conducted by Seckler include Elise Asher, Fritz Bultman, Jean Cohen, Helen Frankenthaler, William Freed, Shirley Gorelick, Hans Hoffmann, Wolf Kahn, Marcia Marcus, Raoul Middleman, Robert Motherwell, Lillian Orlowsky, Olin Orr, Larry Rivers, Alvin Ross, Judith Rothschild, George Segal, and Jean Tinguely. Also found is a tape containing sound from a 1966 multimedia performance of Andy Warhol's "Exploding Plastic Inevitable" in Provincetown, which includes an interview with the Velvet Underground musician John Cale. The collection also includes a small number of 35mm color slides of Seckler and others in Provincetown, Mass., 1967.

Biographical/Historical Note: Dorothy Gees Seckler (1910-1994) was an art historian from Bronxville, N.Y. and Provincetown, Mass.

Donated 1995 by Don Seckler, son of Dorothy Seckler.

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The Archives of American Art also holds numerous interviews of Provincetown, Mass. artists conducted as part of its Oral History Program.